Golden Globe Race - Peche navigation error

Philippe Peche sacrifices a 4 hour lead with navigation mistake

French Golden Globe Race leader Philippe Péché threw away a hard-fought 3½ hour lead at the first gate Thursday after mistaking the lighthouse marking the southern end of Lanzarote.

It was not until his Rustler 36 PRB had reached the northern tip of Fuerteventura in the Canaries that the Frenchman realised his mistake.

He then had to turn back into the wind and beat the 7 miles to Marina Rubicon at the southern end of Lanzarote.

Why he missed the lighthouse’s distinctive pattern of flashes in the early dawn is not fully explained.

If he had not gone to the wrong mark, Péché would have rounded the mandatory turning mark at 06:30.

Instead, it was 10:30 before he had passed across his film and letters to waiting organisers and had set off again.

This time wasting closed the gap between himself and second placed Mark Slats and his Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick to little more than 9 miles. The Dutchman was delighted.

Third placedv Frenchman Jean-Luc Van Den Heede, sailing the Rustler 36, Matmut a further 6 miles behind was equally delighted with the news.

Fourth placed Norwegian Are Wiig sailing his OE 32 Olleanna, one of the smallest in the fleet of 16 yachts, was 75 miles behind the leader holding a 20 mile lead on 5th place British sailor Susie Goodall (Rustler 36 DHL Starlight).

The next compulsory turning gate is off Hobart Tasmania.

Golden Globe Race Leader board: 15:30 UTC Friday 12.07.18

1. Philippe Péché (FRA) Rustler 36 PRB - 23,600 miles to the finish
2. Mark Slats (FRA) – Rustler 36 Ohpen Maverick, + 9 miles
3. Jean-Luc Van den Heede (FRA) Rustler 36 Matmut, + 15 miles
4. Are Wiig (NOR) OE32 Olleanna, + 75 milles
5. Susie Goodall (GBR) Rustler 36 DHL Starlight, + 95 miles

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